"The long list of unintended consequences of new patient-privacy rules is disturbing enough to justify changes. ... Patient care has been delayed inadvertently because of the widespread confusion and misinterpretation of the regulations. Part of the motivation for erring on the side of withholding information is fear of the $250,000 fine for violations. The original intent of the privacy rule was good. (The law) aimed to prevent a patient's private information from falling into the wrong hands, including those of marketers. But the implementation has either gone too far or has been misinterpreted."
-Syracuse (N.Y.) Post-Standard